Friday, March 23, 2012

March 21, 2012 Presentation to South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores

This past Wednesday I had the opportunity to speak to the South Carolina Association of Convenience Stores about South Carolina products liability law.  There were about 30 to 40 attendees, and I appreciated their attention and interest in my presentation.  I was accompanied by Charles Appleby, one of my colleagues at Collins & Lacy, P.C., who also spoke to the group on the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Generally, I provided the group with an overview of South Carolina products liability law.  Because of the nature of their business, I explained the concept of strict liability and how a retailer can face liability even if it did not have a role in the design or manufacture of a product.  I also surveyed some of the food and beverage law from my recent holiday series (e.g., the exploding bottle cases, insect/animal in food cases) and explained the concept of a manufacturing defect.  Finally, we wrapped it up with some discussion of what to expect if a products liability claim is brought against a retailer and best practices for preventing them and dealing with them.  The audience had some great questions at the end of the presentation.

I appreciated the opportunity to speak to this group and hope to again in the future!

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